Escape from the Rain

June 17, 2013

This weekend I decided to get away from the rain in Melbourne and to drive up to northern Victoria to photograph a few new birds. Like always, about 100 km past Melbourne the sun peaked through the clouds and soon there was blue sky…Living in Melbourne, it is always a bit frustrating to know how close the nice weather is….

As I said, the weather was beautiful and sunny up there, just a bit cold with temperatures down to 0°C/ 32° F. I stayed two nights. The first afternoon I missed out on getting anything. The next morning I managed to get two new species for me. An Inland Thornbill (Acanthiza apicalis) and a White-eared Honeyeater (Lichenostomus leucotis – Race novaenorciae). That was a good start into the day. Unfortunately, it was already the highlight of the day and I missed out on getting anything in the afternoon yet again.

 Inland Thornbill (Acanthiza apicalis – Race albiventris)


 White-eared Honeyeater (Lichenostomus leucotis – Race novaenorciae)


For the last morning I had planned to visit an area that supposedly had Rufous Fieldwrens (Calamanthus campestris). When I arrived at 7:30 in the morning the sun had just risen above the horizon and it was chilly 0°C. I scouted the area for a little while and could locate a few Rufous Fieldwrens. However, they did not cooperate at all and I decided to pack up my stuff and to drive home. On my way to the car I noticed a Rufous Fieldwren that had popped up on a tiny plant right next to me. It was between me and the sun, though, which meant I had to walk around the bird to get the sun behind me. I didn’t expect the bird to stay, but I really wanted the bird, so I tried. I dropped everything I was carrying except for my camera and started to walk in a big loop around the bird. While walking I also adjusted the tripod legs to the length I thought would be best. To my surprise the bird did not fly away and allowed me to walk all the way around it and to set up. It even started singing once I was set up! I fired away and got about 35 images, before it flew off. It seemed like the photography gods thought that it wasn’t fair if I missed out on a nice photo on the last morning as well and sent me that bird 🙂

Rufous Fieldwren (Calamanthus campestris)


That’s it. Two days, three new species, 3-5 good images. Not a great trip, but not too bad either 🙂

Oh and of course on my way back, it was beautiful and sunny until about 120km before Melbourne. Within 10 Minutes after passing the magical 100km mark it started to rain again and is still raining while I write this post…


2 Responses to “Escape from the Rain”

  1. Bad weather is always frustrating for a bird photographer but there are escapes always. Great job! Three lifer is always better than none. 😉

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